I'd be doing you, the reader, a disservice to begin this introducing Stuart Scott as though you didn't know who he was. What I didn't know was how much I would be affected upon the news of his passing this morning. Perhaps it's seeing his life reflected upon by many of those who knew him best. Perhaps it's the generation - the hip hop generation - I shared with a man 16 years my senior. Or perhaps it's that as a father, I cannot fathom leaving behind my children, as Stuart Scott has with his two daughters. Whatever it is, news of Scott's passing hit me hard today.
It's possible I return to say more about a man who meant so much to so many. It's equally possible that I will not. But as I wish a peaceful rest to Stuart Scott, I will part with his own words:
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."